Arianna Boyce ’23 chose to attend Syracuse University because of the welcoming atmosphere she felt in the campus community and the countless opportunities she saw for herself to grow personally, professionally and academically.
In addition to pursuing a major in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and a minor in information management and technology at the School of Information Technology (iSchool), Boyce is a member of the Syracuse Orange cheer team.
Boyce is originally from Endicott, a town located along the Southern Tier of New York state. She is currently in the process of finalizing an app, Talk Tours Travel, that she developed with the help of the Broome County Chamber of Commerce and Binghamton University computer science master’s students for the county.
The goal of Talk Tours Travel is to help and encourage Broome County residents to provide tours and insight for travelers in the area’s smaller towns. Boyce came up with the idea for the app in an entrepreneurship class she took in high school, in which she created a business plan and pitched it to a panel of judges made up of local business owners. One of these judges works for the Broome County Chamber of Commerce and believed it would be a great way to increase tourism in the county.
As a proud member of the cheer team, Boyce cheers for the Orange at all football and basketball home games and has the opportunity to travel with the teams to some away games.
Boyce also competed at the UCA College Nationals competition, which took place the first week of the spring semester at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. At the competition, Boyce competed in both the Gameday Team and National Team. The Gameday Team performs a sideline routine, timeout routine and fight song very similar to what the cheer team does at real game days. The National Team performs a three-minute cheer routine to music complete with stunt, tumbling and pyramid elements.
During her first year at Whitman, Boyce worked to improve her time-management, collaboration and communication skills in a supportive environment.
“One of my greatest learning experiences was collaborating with my peers to develop a business plan and pitch it to our SOM 122 class,” Boyce shares.
For Boyce, the most beneficial aspect of her Whitman experience thus far is participating in the Goodman IMPRESS Program. The IMPRESS Program at the Whitman School provides students with valuable lessons and knowledge for the business world that is not traditionally taught in the classroom, such as proper business dress and etiquette, resume tips and the opportunity to receive certified training in applications like Microsoft Excel.
“Everything I have learned through the IMPRESS Program will not only set me apart from other job and intern applicants but also help lead me in the right direction of my future goals,” she says.
In the future, Boyce would love to combine her love for cheerleading with her passion for business by working in a business operations related role for an organization like Varsity Spirit Corporation or Nike. She would also relish the opportunity to create more applications and leverage the autonomy that the development requires.
“I was very unsure when it came to choosing a college, but I am so grateful I found my home,” Boyce says. “I could not be happier with my decision and I will forever bleed Orange.”
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